Director, Collections Services and Community Supported Software
Laurie Gemmill Arp is the Director of Collections Services and Community Supported Software at LYRASIS. Laurie's professional interests focus on the intersection of collections, technology and people. In her position, Laurie supervises ArchivesSpace and CollectionSpace, two community supported open source collection management software programs housed at LYRASIS. Laurie provides coordination between the organizational homes and the programs and support for activities such as governance, strategic planning and developing partnerships. She served as Principal Investigator for the IMLS funded "It Takes a Village: Open Source Software Models of Collaboration and Sustainability." Laurie also directs the activities related to digitization and preservation including training and consulting services. Previously, she worked for OCLC in positions including Senior Implementation Program Manager and Digital Projects Specialist. For the Ohio Historical Society, she managed several award-winning digital projects and served as the State Archivist. She received her MLIS from UCLA; her MA from UC Irvine; and her BA from UC San Diego. Laurie was appointed to serve on the State Library of Ohio Board in 2015 and currently serves as President.